Origin of colossal
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OTHER WORDS FROM colossalcol·os·sal·i·ty [kol-uh-sal-i-tee], /ˌkɒl əˈsæl ɪ ti/, nounco·los·sal·ly, adverbsu·per·co·los·sal, adjectivesu·per·co·los·sal·ly, adverb
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What does colossal mean?
Colossal describes something as being very large in size, degree, or amount, as in I went to a colossal shopping mall that stretched for a mile. If something is colossal, it is enormous, gigantic, or massive.
Colossal can also be used to describe a large degree of something, that is, a large amount or a large extent, like a colossal amount of boxes or a colossal advantage in the playoffs.
Less commonly, colossal describes something as resembling a colossus, which is a very large statue, as in The large man was so colossal that he blocked the entire doorway.
Example: Tyrannosaurus rex was a colossal dinosaur that towered over many of the smaller animals.
Where does colossal come from?
The first records of colossal come from around 1705. It is created from the noun colossus, which comes from the Greek kolossós, meaning “statue.”
Both colossal and colossus make a reference to the Colossus of Rhodes, an enormous statue of a Greek god that was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The statue was said to be over 100 feet tall, and it was once a common myth that it straddled the harbor of Rhodes. The statue fell after an earthquake that occurred in the third century BCE.
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What are some other forms related to colossal?
- clossality (noun)
- colossally (adjective)
- supercolossal (adjective)
- supercolossally (adverb)
What are some synonyms for colossal?
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How is colossal used in real life?
Colossal is a common word used to describe things that are very large.
Trying to help my 88-yr-old grandma register to get the vaccine in NYC and boy what a colossal mess this is…
— Will Feuer (@WillFOIA) January 11, 2021
I just had that realization in the middle of getting a haircut that "I've made a colossal mistake and can't go back now"
— Brandon Calvillo (@BJCalvillo) May 5, 2015
There as an absolutely colossal turtle that roams Ramtown's pond
— George Catanzaro (@CatanzaroGeorge) June 18, 2014
Try using colossal!
Which of the following things would NOT be described as colossal?
A. The Pacific Ocean
B. a mouse
D. a 100-story skyscraper
How to use colossal in a sentence
Standing around on top of the ground trying to get your arms around this colossal problem is futile.Junk Food Is Bad For Plants, Too - Issue 90: Something Green|Anne Biklé & David R. Montgomery|September 23, 2020|Nautilus
At exactly two miles from the starting point, we turned to our right and saw a colossal pyramid dune the color of burnt parchment.I Tried to Climb the Largest Sand Dune in North America|Emily Pennington|September 22, 2020|Outside Online
When Qwikster proved a colossal failure, the mistake was Hastings’s own.What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode)|Maria Konnikova|September 12, 2020|Freakonomics
Not half a mile into the journey, I was surrounded by colossal redwoods.Redwood National Park Is Straight Out of 'Star Wars'|Emily Pennington|August 6, 2020|Outside Online
The problem is that all this heating and magnetic confinement requires colossal amounts of energy.Construction of the World’s Biggest Nuclear Fusion Plant Just Started in France|Edd Gent|August 3, 2020|Singularity Hub
There was The Brittany Murphy Story, dubbed a “colossal mess” by reviewers.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More|Kevin Fallon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We, in olden days, had towering kooks and colossal villains.Election Day Is Scarier Than Halloween|P. J. O’Rourke|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the quarantine, lifted just 10 days in, was a colossal failure.Meet the Liberian Girls Beating Ebola|Abby Haglage|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Colossal geological forces collided: the Pacific Plate, the North American Plate and the Farralon Plate.Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards|Clive Irving|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A tiny handful of families, it is true, have managed to keep colossal wealth in their own hands over a period of many centuries.Today’s Wonky Elite Is in Love With the Wrong French Intellectual|James Poulos|April 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A colossal steam "traveller" had ceaselessly carried great blocks of stone and long steel girders from point to point.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Profiting by this, Benjy quietly moved away round a colossal buttress of the berg, and took refuge in an ice-cave.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
Lady Victoria's earlier mood of colossal indifference had been dissipated by her son's return.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
You first enter a large fore-court, at the extremity of which a colossal gateway leads into the inner courts.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
If ever I started upon a colossal piece of folly, it was this same trip abroad.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky